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     Grade 1:  My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago

    In first grade, students will study “My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago” 

    Our First Graders engage in structured inquiry to learn about: 


    Individual Development and Cultural Identity 

    Civic Ideals and Practices

    Geography, Humans and the Environment

    Time, Continuity, and Change 

    Economic Systems 


    These units represent five of the unifying themes of social studies.  Each unit includes inquiries that help students examine families and develop an awareness of cultural diversity within the American culture. Responsible citizenship is introduced, as well as the role of authority in making rules and laws. The students will increase their geography skills through the use of maps and directions. Family history provides the basis for examining sources of information and organizing that information. Economic terminology and principles are introduced in the context of family resources, as well as in making economic decisions.